Once the baby has arrived in the world, one of the most important things that he/she does is feeding. After all, this is what ensures the well-being of the little one. Breastfeeding becomes even more important until the first six months as it is the only meal that the newborn has. So, it is something that he/she depends on for all his/her necessary nutritional requirements, and hence, energy.
But as natural as breastfeeding seems, it is not all easy-breezy. Also, it is not a very clean process and can be pretty messy. It does not come as a surprise given how babies keep alternating between feeding and sleeping quite often. So, it can be a task to clean up after they are done with their meals. So, our tip will be to follow some simple hygienic practices to ensure that both of you are clean, happy, and satisfied. While you will learn most of it on the go, you can always use these tips to get an initial advantage. So, here you go:
1. Comfy Clothes Are The Way To Go
There are numerous times during the day that you will have to feed your little one. And, this will continue all through the night too. So, if you think of it, it can be pretty exhausting to struggle with your clothes too, each time. Go for baggy and comfortable clothing that does not restrict you in any which way. This way, you will be ready for the ‘feeding’ duty in seconds. And, the bonus is that you don’t have to take your shirt off each time.
2. Wear A Fresh Bra Every Night
This suggestion is an important one, so listen carefully. To steer away from any bacterial infection, it is essential that you wear a clean bra each day. And, this becomes even more crucial if you wear a comfortable nursing bra to avoid any leakages. Just make sure that you are wearing a new one every day.
3. Change The Diaper Immediately
Your little one may need multiple diaper changes all through the night. While we do agree that this can be pretty exhausting, it is vital that your little one stays clean and healthy. Moreover, those undesirable diaper rashes should be avoided at all costs. Of course, you don’t need to wake him/her up from the sleep. But, when he/she is awake and you smell something fishy, do change it. The silver lining is that your baby will learn how to control his/her bladder over time and the need to change the diaper at an odd hour would reduce.
4. Keep Your Hair Tied
This tip is not just to maintain hygiene but also to ensure safety and convenience. More often than not, you will notice your hair getting in the way of your task at hand, that is breastfeeding. For example, your fallen hair may even go into your little one’s mouth causing him/her discomfort. So, to avoid all these safety issues, it is better to keep your hair tied while breastfeeding, be it in a braid or a ponytail.
5. Fresh Sheets Can Make A Difference Too
Babies can be pretty vulnerable to all sorts of infections and allergic reactions. This is primarily because their immune systems are not so strong at that age. So, it may be a great idea to change the bedsheets as often as possible. After all, the new addition to the family does mess the bed more frequently, doesn’t it?
All these are tips not just to maintain cleanliness during breastfeeding, but are also essential otherwise. So, keep these in mind and you are good to go! And, if you have any suggestion of your own in mind, do share with us in the comments section below. Good luck!